Lynch is putting real consideration into whether he'll come out of retirement and join the Raiders, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports. Lynch officially retired last May with two years remaining on his contract with the Seahawks, so if he indeed files for reinstatement, Seattle would own his rights upon his return. However, with Thomas Rawls, C.J. Prosise (shoulder), and now Eddie Lacy (ankle) around, the Seahawks have clearly moved on from Lynch, who would reportedly only come back to play for his hometown Raiders anyway. While Lynch would need to be traded or released by Seattle to punch his ticket to Oakland, it sounds like suiting up in 2017 is real possibility. Although the Raiders boast a pair of exciting second-year tailbacks in DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard, the experienced Lynch would add a power-running option in the wake of Latavius Murray's departure this offseason.
The Raiders hope to lure Lynch out of retirement, ESPN.com reports. Lynch retired prior to the end of his Seattle contract, which means the Seahawks would have to release him or agree to trade him to the Raiders. The 30-year-old Oakland native might consider coming out of retirement for his hometown team, as the recent departure of Latavius Murray has left the Raiders in search of a power runner. Lynch had four consecutive seasons with more than 1,200 rushing yards and double-digit touchdowns from 2011 to 2014, but injuries limited him to seven games and 417 rushing yards (3.8 YPC) in 2015 -- ultimately leading to his retirement announcement via Twitter during that season's Super Bowl. While he hasn't publicly stated a desire to resume his career, Lynch could be tempted by the opportunity to help his hometown team continue its recent ascent. He'd join a backfield that's currently headed by a pair of second-year players, Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington. The Raiders are also rumored to have interest in Adrian Peterson, whose departure from Minnesota was confirmed when the Vikings signed Murray.
Lynch is "up in the air" about returning to football, according to Pro Football Talk. The report cites unnamed sources "with knowledge of the situation" but doesn't give any details on Lynch's motive or level of interest in returning. The Seahawks hold Lynch's rights.
Lynch officially announced his retirement Monday in an interview with Sports Illustrated reports. "No, I'm done. I'm done," Lynch said. "I enjoyed my time playing, now it's time to watch my cousins do their thing." Lynch's agent wasn't as convinced that his client is done playing, but it appears the running back has firmly made up his mind. Since he signed a two-year contract last March, Lynch's rights would remain with the Seahawks in the event he elects to return. The 30-year-old finishes his career with 9,112 rushing yards (36th in NFL history) and 83 touchdowns (52nd) over nine seasons.
Lynch was placed on the reserve/retired list Thursday by the Seahawks, the Seattle Times reports. Lynch has not filed retirement papers with the league, though he intends to retire. The Seahawks' move was procedural, having to do with the salary cap. They still retain his rights should he decide to play this season. Thomas Rawls enters training camp as the starter, but the Seahawks drafted three running backs and re-signed Christine Michael to give him competition.
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